brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black and oily with a light brown head. LOTS of burnt malt in the aroma that seems to be heavy on black patent. Also hints of molasses. The flavor has hints of molasses and coffee but is very dry, which seems to accentuate the predominate flavors of burnt malt grain, charcoal, and unsweet dark chocolate. Very dry mouth feel and medium body. A good brew, very dry and delicate really for an impy stout.
TheEpeeist (3499) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz bottle. Ebony with a brief brown head. Earthy concord grapes, brown sugar and pine. Sweet coffee and rummy Bazooka emerge after the initial whiff. Taste is mostly on the bitter side. Vanilla lime coffee with cream, no sugar. Dries with burnt chocolate and turkish tobacco. Full bodied with some carb tingle. Good stuff but still a little green for my taste. Should age nicely.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml - Aroma is sweet chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts. Pours black with small brown head and good lacing. Flavor is at first burnt malts and alcohol followed by chocolate and vanilla with a little hop bitterness. Palate is sticky and oily at the same time. Unique and tasty.
drmatt (51) - THE LOU, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
i’ve decided to rate only beers that really interest me from now on. i was really excited when i found this on the shelves at john’s grocery in iowa city, but now that i have tried it i am not that impressed. nose is roasted malt, booze and some bitter hops. it pours with a nice brown head. taste is relatively thin for an impy stout, a lot of roastiness, booze and finishes with bitterness. not bad, but i had some really high hopes. i think most of the hype comes from the european raters.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2008 A relatively decent boozy, slightly aggressive nose. Not much else going on otherwise.
I think it is a well made beer, except for the booziness.
I get a little chocolate and roasted malts. It is kind of thin, but has a nice, lingering palate.
Overall, I was unimpressed. I think that the booze overwhelms the other characteristics besides the lingering finish. A very easy to drink Impy, if such a thing could be said, but not all that impressive. 646413
Aroma is big bright fruit and thick cocoa. Taste is sweet coffee bean with a touch of milkiness and hop bitterness.
Palate is thick and chewy with a smooth bitter finish. 848516
heemer77 (5159) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2011 Bottle. The body is absolutely black. No light penetrated. The head is large with a light brownish peach colored head. The aroma is the expected dark chocolate and rich roasted coffee. There is also some anise and a little bit of hazelnuts. The body is realtively thin for the abv. The flavor is absolutely massive, mostly chocolate chip pancakes with some high quality tobacco. Lots of roasted character here. There are also notes of coffee in the fairly bitter finish. Hints of orange bitters come out as you drink more. An interesting Impy stout.
fonefan (38081) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Batch #246. Black color with a average, frothy / creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, burnt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, light to moderate notes of alcohol. Flavor is wow, moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long to average duration. Body is full, texture is oily / creamy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcoholic. Very nice ;o))
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JUL 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black color with a nice, frothy tan head. Dark chocolate aroma with roasted malts. A nice taste. Complex though. Dark chocolate, along with some coffee and roasted malt. Alcohol is masked. Hint of hops. Very impressed.
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a dark tan head that hangs around for awhile. Smells like chocoffee, burnt nuts, a hint of banana and hops. On the palate, it comes off medium to heavy for an imperial stout, but exceptionally velvety and smooth on the finish. The taste is coffee and chocolate with a little nuttiness. Hops are forward but not as aggressive as some imperials. It is dry through out with the malt adding little sweetness. Subtle and smooth for a beer of it’s heft.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black color with a thick brown head. Hoppy aroma. Full roasted body with a balanced bitter chocolate flavor. Sweet coffee flavors. Bitter and hoppy palate. Very nice.